Flying to into the Amazon Rainforest

When we were in Ecuador, we had to take a flight from Quito to Coca, which is a small town in the jungle. The tour company booked our flight for us, so we really knew nothing about it until we reached the airport. We knew that our flight was on a local airline and that it would take a little over 30 minutes to reach Coca, but that was all that we knew. In general, flying does not make us nervous, but this was not necessarily a typical flight.

Our Plane
Flying Over the River

Once the announcement occurred that it was time for us to board our flight, we walked out onto the tarmac to head towards our plane. It wasn’t a tiny plane, but it was small enough that we consider it to be a “puddle jumper”. Being in a small plane wasn’t a concern as we have flown in them many times in the past, but we immediately knew that the flight would likely be more bumpy as that is often the case in smaller planes.

Close to the Mountains
First Glimpse of the Jungle

The flight itself was over some interesting terrain as we had to fly over the Andes Mountains and then eventually over the Amazon Rainforest. Again, we’ve flown over mountains and forests in the past, but being in a smaller plane also meant that we would be flying at a lower altitude. While that would give us great views of the mountains and jungle, it also meant that we would be closer to the mountain peaks than we would have preferred.

Outside of Coca
Andes Mountains

In general, the flight was fine, but we definitely experienced quite a bit of turbulence. As we neared Coca, it became evident that it was a much smaller town than what we were expecting. It also made it clear why we needed to be in a smaller plane as the airport and runway were very small. It was really more of a clearing in the jungle with a small building than a traditional airport.

Surrounded by the Jungle

Views from the Airplane

It is hard to believe that it has been more than five months since the last time that we boarded an airplane to go someplace new. Several years ago we started taking photographs through the windows of the airplanes, cars, and trains that we travel on. We actually find it interesting to look back not only at the locations that we’ve visited, but also the journey itself, to, from, and around the various countries. When we visited Acapulco in Mexico this past February, just prior to countries shutting down, we boarded a plane prior to the sun having even starting to rise. We watched the sunrise as we flew into Houston to catch our connection to continue on to Mexico. We look back at that particular journey with a combination of sadness and longing to travel once again.

First Hint of the Sunrise
The Mountains of Mexico
Looking Out of Our Window
Sun Just Crossing the Horizon
First Sign of the Coast
Another Airplane on the Tarmac at Sunrise

Ready for Departure

Our bags are packed and we are leaving in a few hours to start our trip to Egypt. We will make every effort to share some information during our trip, but there may be times when we are quiet. We fly from Denver to Munich and then Munich to Cairo. From Cairo we will be flying to Luxor to take a cruise down the Nile River to Aswan. We then fly back to Cairo to tour Giza and the city itself. Needless to say, every day is filled with sights and tours and we are excited at the thought of what we will see. It is going to be a whirlwind of a few days.